Political Blog Weekly: 24 April 2009

Torture

"The Prosecution of Bush Lawyers Who Devised Legal Authority for ‘Advanced Interrogation Techniques’ Would Be Irresponsible"
Originally published:  22 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Searching to see if the legal authority was concocted to carry out torture, and what ramifications trying legal advice from prior administrations might have for the future.

"Torture Memos: Prosecute who? For what?"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Questing on what grounds the legal advice provided to the Bush Administration and the CIA could be prosecuted.

"Do the crime, do the time"
Originally published:  22 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Calling for full punishment of those involved with authorizing the torture techniques used by the CIA.

"Bush Administration Witch Hunt By Obama a Grave, Banana Republic Mistake Ordered by Soros"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into reason for the sudden change in stance by the Obama Administration earlier in the week regarding the Bush Administration and torture.

"Taking a Stand Against War Crimes: Call for a Special Prosecutor and Impeachment of Bybee"
Originally published:  23 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Calling for investigation of the Bush Administration over the accusation of torture.

Alternative Energy

"It’s not easy being Green"
Originally published:  20 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the recent comment by Obama regarding carbon dioxide and addressing the future of ethanol.  

"Earth Day is Anti-Mind"
Originally published:  22 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the ideologies behind Earth Day, and what role ‘Man’ plays in the equation.

"Alternative Energy is Making the Poor Poorer"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into the reason why we need a diverse energy supply, and why current tax subsidies for alternative energy impacts the poor.

"It’s Not Corny, It’s Government Policy"
Originally published:  22 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking  how ethanol policy and battle over CO2 emissions increase the financial burden on taxpayers.

Pakistan

"Taliban Secure District Just 60 Miles Outside Islamabad"
Originally published:  22 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the recent move by the Taliban in Pakistan, and what this might mean for US operations in the region.

"Pakistan, the Taliban and Islamabad: Is Anyone Out There?"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking how the leaders of the free world are addressing the gains being made by the Taliban in Pakistan.

"Most Dangerous Trouble Spot In The World Update"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into the response to the Taliban by Pakistan, and what the Obama Administration says about the current situation.

Foreign Policy

"Obama and Nixon – Greeting Nasty People"
Originally published:  20 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking back at how Presidents have greeted leaders of nations that we viewed as adversaries, and comparing that with Obama’s handshake with Chavez.

"Obama and Cuba"
Originally published:  20 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Questioning the past and current approach towards Cuba, and what more than just increased visits to the island nation should Obama do to bring about change.

"Surge In Afghanistan And Kill Some Pirates, But Then You’re Weak For Taking a Book?"
Originally published:  20 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the reactions by those on the Right following Obama’s meeting with Chavez.

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Miscellaneous

"More Miss California Drama"
Originally published:  21 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Discussing the comments by multiple groups/people regarding the loss of Miss California following the Miss USA pageant.

"Day of Silence in Public Schools"
Originally published:  19 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Discussing the "Day of Silence" movement, and a confrontation that occurred in a public school this past week.

"’Why We Should Get Rid of West Point’ Tom Ricks"
Originally published:  19 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the article written by Tom Ricks, and examining the value gained by students attending our service academies.

"The Tea Party Debacle"
Originally published:  20 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Analyzing the Tea Party protest messages and comparing them with positions held by President Obama.

"Audit the Fed"
Originally published:  21 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the details of Ron Paul’s "Federal Reserve Transparency Act," and how it would impact the Fed.

"When Will Congress Learn to Read?"
Originally published:  19 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Calling for Congress to bring back the "Read the Bill Act" to avoid future problems caused by voting for legislation that isn’t read and understood first.

"One-sided Mirror of Transparency"
Originally published:  21 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into the hypocrisy of the ideology of "transparency."

"Military Awards: Whites Need Not To Apply"
Originally published:  20 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Questioning the practice of minority-focused organizations giving out awards to members of the military based upon skin color.

"Dick Cheney Blast Obama"
Originally published:  21 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into the comments made by Dick Cheney and the response he has received.

"Obama Admin Already Stripping Away Our Rights! [Updated]"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the recent youth volunteer bill, and the provision that denies protesting the legislation.

Health Care

"Aborting Health-Care Reform"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into the late-term abortion issue surrounding the confirmation process of Kathleen Sebelius.

"Health care: Do the Dems want it now?"
Originally published:  22 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into the concept of "reconciliation" as a means to push health care reform through the Senate.

Supreme Court

"Obama DOJ Asks Court to Okay Seizure of Cell Phone Location Data Without Probable Cause"
Originally published:  24 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Questioning if the government needs to provide probable cause before requesting information of where your cell phone is located.

"Strip Searching of Teen Goes Before Supreme Court"
Originally published:  22 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the court case regarding a school performing a strip search on a female student.

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